Men’s soccer heads to Florida for conference match

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The Mustangs take on UCF for an American Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday.

UCF is coming into the match with an overall 1-5-2 record and a 0-0-1 mark in conference play. The Knight’s win came over Florida Atlantic on Sept. 5.

SMU also took a 3-1 victory on Sept. 5 against Duke.

The Mustangs are coming off a 2-0 win over Northern Illinois on Oct. 1. In that game Mustang Abdul Yassine scored his first collegiate goal in the 69th minute and Idrissa Camara’s came less than two minutes later on Wednesday evening at Westcott Field. The Mustangs are now 5-3-0 on the season and 5-1 at home.

“I think our offense did an excellent job,” Head Coach Tim McClements said. “In the second half NIU came out and pressed us, which threw off our rhythm a little bit, but after a while we were able to get through and generate a number of quality opportunities.”

SMU is on a four-match win streak for the first time since 2012. The Mustangs have won five of the last six games.

“The main thing is that we get the win,” McClements said. “It’s the game of soccer and you have to be patient and fortunately it came tonight.”

And now on to face UCF. The Mustangs and UCF sit even at 3-3-3 and in games at UCF the Mustangs are 1-2-1.

Keep an eye on Mustangs Stanton Garcia and Mauro Cichero who were both selected as all-league performers for their performance in the 4-2 conference opening victory against Tulsa.

Kickoff against UCF is set for 7 p.m.

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